Friday, May 19, 2017

Taking Back Komoka

And we didn't spend a dime!
Thanks everybody for enjoying what we do best, play dirty - run trails

Friday, April 28, 2017

Komoka Defiance Trail Run

Taking Back Komoka Trail

I have been asked, ever so politely by some guy with a clip board, to add the Komoka Trail  back to our schedule, as it is the trail that we started this crazy addiction called trail running.
BUT.... I do not want to give in to the money grab of parking to access the trail.
After reviewing the options, I am suggesting we park on the south side of Oxford Street just east of Woodhull Road. (please note map above)
There is a wide shoulder and this is were the 'No Parking' signs end.
It will add 200 meters of road till we access the  trail  at our old starting point of the parking lot that is now closed off to make way for the pay to park lot on Gideon Drive.

Also you will note that the Elgin Trail from St.Thomas to Port Stanley has been added. 
This run was a great success last year but did require some logistics and coordination. 
If the response to this is not good, it may be changed to a local trail instead. So, your feed back is required.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Soiled Sport 2017 Season is Up and Running

Week #1 Season Opener @ Meadowlilly Trail

Week #2 @ Fanshawe Lake Trail
Even after days of rain, Fanshawe Trail was pretty good....
till you got to the creek

Most of the group did the entire 20km loop of the lake

Friday, March 17, 2017


This video will tell you that we are not taking Lyme Disease serious enough.
Fellow trail runner, Eric M. sent this video along with the e-mail below.
Outdoor enthusiasts need to be educated. Mary's sister in New York has had Lyme Disease twice, and a friend of ours in London is starting to recover after battling with Lyme Disease for 4 years. She was close to death at one point and has spent a lot of time in a wheelchair.
Most of the problem, an I've heard a number of times, is that testing in Canada is inadequate and Lyme Disease is often not diagnosed early enough.
Thanks. See you out there soon.

Take action and click the link listed below to sign the on-line petition to take action NOW rather than the wait and see attitude now in place by pour health care professionals and government agencies. NOW 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Trail Run + Guided Tour of Museum of Ontario Archaeology.

Because I know trail  runners love culture, this just in from Kevin G.

Saturday, March 18, 2017: Trail Run + Guided Tour of Museum of Ontario Archaeology.
Join us at the Soiled Sports group run through the Medway Valley Heritage Forest, followed by a coffee and downtime at Farm Boy. We will be heading over to the museum for 10 a.m., where we will enjoy a guided 1.5-hour tour of the building and grounds, at an affordable cost.  If you are not able to make the run, join us for coffee and the tour or just the tour itself – R.S.V.P. required since space is limited.

Time: Run at 8 a.m. sharp (Medway Valley Heritage Forest), Breakfast and coffee at Farm Boy at about 9:15 a.m., Museum Tour at 10 a.m.

Trail Head and Museum Location: 1600 Attawandaron Rd, London Ontario.  N6G 3M6
Farm Boy Location: 1415 Beaverbook Ave.

Museum Tour Cost: $5.00 per person

R.S.V.P.:  Since tour space is limited, please e-mail to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Look Hot, Feel Cool

NEW - Titan Lite Trail Running Jacket  

With only days left in February, we are being spoiled with very spring like temperatures.

This of course gets us all itching for the Soiled Sport Trail Running Season to start so we can rotate to all the great trails around the city as a group.
For all the newbies to the trail  running list, from late March to the end of October we rotate our Saturday runs to various trails around London and the occasional road trip to trails in the St.Thomas area. And from November to March we stick to the Medway Trail as our winter hiatus. (as the parking lot is plowed of snow and we don't spend time pushing stuck cars after our runs)

It is well known that trail runners are very conscious of how good they look while running trails and purchase their running attire accordingly.
(OK, I am just joking, we dress to stay dry & warm and to hell what we look  like)
But I thought I would share some new products coming available in the all new 'Columbia-Montrail' brand of clothing  and footwear lines.
As you may know Montrail has been a sponsor of the Vulture Bait Trail Races for the last 14 years and when Columbia Sportswear purchased this trail running shoe company, they too came on board to be part of the best trail race.
I have been wearing Montrail shoes for close to 20 years and now they have added trail running clothing to the line up, so I offer you a look some of the just released items.
This endorsement is not only because they are a great sponsor of the Vulture Bait Trail Races, but because I do like the quality of the product and the trail running focus of the brand.

Looking for a new running jacket?
The recently introduced Titan Lite trail running jacket is fantastic.
First off it is so freaking light in weight. And it is so soft and pliable as well, so you don't feel like you are wearing a jacket at all.
But best yet is that it has "Omni-Shield" that makes it resist rain and stains, plus the all new "Omni-Freeze" technology that is sweat activated to create a cooling effect to the body. The way I sweat, I am all in on this one.
It also folds up into its own pocket so it packs extremely small.
This new jacket has a retail price of $149.00 but using your London Pacer invitation to the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store, you steal it for $75.00 .....Start the Car.....Start the Car!!
Also released is trail running shirts in long and short sleeves that also offer up the new Omni-Freeze technology.
Updates to the Montrail trail  running shoes, is the re-branding to 'Montrail by Columbia'. The same great aggressive tread in a grippy rubber compound that makes it a true trail running shoe. Some added features of the water proofing and of course new colours this season as well.
Again, with your London Pacer invitation to the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store you save big time.
For those who are not London Pacers, I have a limited amount of Guest Passes that I will make available to Soiled Sport trail runners who wish to add to their trail running attire.
These will be on a first come basis and you have to show up at a Saturday morning or Wednesday evening trail run.
Trail Running Shirt featuring the new Omni-Freeze technology

Montrail Trail Shoe

Monday, January 30, 2017

We want to make trail running great again!!

It's hard to believe that the Vulture Bait Trail Races will be turning 15 this October.
And since we love to accept your cash real early (plus we like you) we offer a fifteen (15) day early entry discount.
From the first day of February to the end of the business day of the 15th, we offer you a $15.00 discount off our already ridiculously low price when entering on-line.
On-line entry only.
(But if you want to give me cash after a trail run, there will be handling charge of one chocolate cheese cake per entry.)
Don't forget we have a cap of 300 entries and we sell out early.
Here is the link to our on-line entry that will  go live on February 1st.